SIGnature: Bridging Professional Development Research
24 - 26 August 2016, Regensburg (Germany)
The EARLI SIG14 Learning and Professional Development focuses on professional and vocational education and training and has a particular set of interests associated with learning at and for work. The nature of the research conducted by SIG members is influenced by various scientific disciplines and paradigms. A wide variety of research procedures and instruments are used in various domains, with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. The conference will consider how this variety of approaches can be effectively combined, what has been done so far to bridge gaps, and what can be learned from these attempts? Out of these deliberations should arise what topics, how and where are important for future research on professional development.
The invited keynotes will address this topic in particular ways: from different disciplines and research paradigms. Andrea Ellinger (Professor of Human Resource Development, The University of Texas at Tyler) will especially address so called informal learning and Rudolf Tippelt (Professor for Pedagogy and Educational Science, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich) will concentrate more on provisions of vocational education and training.
In addition, a panel discussion will be part of the programme where experts from research and practice (HR departments) will discuss this theme. Then, there will be the many contributions made by SIG members and other delegates related to these topics.
We especially welcome contributions (symposia, papers, round tables, flipping the sessions, posters) on research in vocational education and training, and on learning at work, on bridging:
- topics from different (theoretical and disciplinary) backgrounds.
- time: past and future research. What has been done, what can we learn from that, and where do we need to go to.
- scientific paradigms. Different scientific disciplines and research paradigms and the consequences for research learning and professional development.
- research designs, methods and instruments. Different /new research methods used for researching all kinds of topics of learning and professional development.
- occupations and domains. Relevance of domain of activities, such as occupations for researching learning and professional development, and the relation between the use of research methods/instruments and the target group.
A selection of (best) contributions at this conference will be given the opportunity to take part in a special issue of a journal or an edited monograph from a quality publishing house.
|Dec 15th, 2015||Opening of submission|
|Jan 15th, 2016||Deadline for submission of abstracts and extended summaries|
|April 11th, 2016||Notification of acceptance
Opening of registration
|May 16th, 2016||Deadline early bird registration|
|June 30th, 2016||Final deadline for presenters to register|